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Ice Cream Desserts: A Celebration of Favorite Ice Cream Concoctions
A Celebration of Favorite Ice Cream Concoctions
If you're an ice cream aficonado like me, you'll enjoy this ode to ice cream desserts highlighting some classic favorites to more daring concoctions.
The best part is that you can make all of these ice cream desserts right at home. So take your time as you scroll down this page . . . get some inspiration and be reminded just why ice cream is one of the greatest desserts on earth.
Drooling . . . is allowed!
What Is Ice Cream?
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"Ice cream is a frozen dessert usually made from dairy products, such as milk and cream, and often combined with fruits or other ingredients and flavours. Most varieties contain sugar, although some are made with other sweeteners. In some cases, artificial flavourings and colourings are used in addition to (or in replacement of) the natural ingredients. This mixture is stirred slowly while cooling to prevent large ice crystals from forming; the result is a smoothly textured ice cream.
The meaning of the term ice cream varies from one country to another. Terms like frozen custard, frozen yogurt, sorbet, gelato and others are used to distinguish different varieties and styles." ~ Wikipedia
Ice Cream Cake
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What Is An Ice Cream Cake?
An ice cream cake can either be ice cream in the shape of a cake or . . . cake and ice cream layered together, then decorated as a single cake.
As you can see above, you can decorate an ice cream cake with ice cream and whipped cream or fruits or or nuts or chocolate fudge sauce or any combination!
[For more information on the history of ice cream cakes click here.]
Ice Cream Cake Recipes
Impress guests with all the fun, but without all the expense! These do-it-yourself homemade ice cream cakes are irresistibly delicious and impressive for any party. Whatever the occasion, the perfect party cake can easily be made at home with the simple step-by-step instructions provided with each recipe.
Ice Cream Cones
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Ice cream cones are thin, sometimes brittle cone-shaped pastries, allowing ice cream, and other creamy frozen desserts (e.g. frozen yogurt) to be eaten without a bowl or spoon. There are various types of ice-cream cones: wafer cones, waffle cones, sugar cones
Make Your Own Waffle Cones! - A Super Ice Cream Cone Maker
Nothing beats the caramel aroma and fresh flavor of home-baked waffle cones, and this appliance makes one in about two minutes. Accompanying the waffle-cone maker is a plastic cone-rolling form. Illustrated instructions show how easily it's done, and recipes provide the remaining information needed to become a master cone maker.
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Although there are many variations of banana splits . . . a "classic" banana split is made as follows:
A banana is "split" in half lengthwise and laid in long dish called a "boat." One scoop each of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream is placed in a row between the split banana. Pineapple topping is spooned over the strawberry ice cream, chocolate syrup over the vanilla, and strawberry topping over the chocolate . . . and overall there is a garnish of crushed nuts, whipped cream, and maraschino cherries.
Banana Split Dish
The simple design of these banana split dishes will look great with any table setting. Dishwasher safe
Ice Cream Sundae
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A classic ice cream sundae typically consists of a scoop of ice cream topped with sauce or syrup, and in some cases other toppings including chopped nuts, sprinkles, whipped cream, or maraschino cherries.
World's Best Ice Cream Sundae Recipes
Serendipity Sundaes (following on the success of their last book, Sweet Serendipity) is chock-full of entertaining inspiration for creating your own versions of its world-famous towering treats at home. Sprinkled throughout the many easy recipes are morsels of the restaurant's celebrity-studded history and candy-colored personality. Wit and whimsy abound in the realm of Serendipity—there's the Strawberry Fields Sundae, the Cheesecake Vesuvius, and the Outrageous Banana Split, to name but a few. Don't forget the many melting sundae spinoffs either
Ice Cream Sandwich
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Ice cream sandwiches are frozen desserts composed of a layer of ice cream (of any variety) "sandwiched" between two wafers of pastry, cookies or slices of cake.
Make Fun Ice Cream Sandwich Shapes
Anyone can make fast, easy and attractive ice cream treats with these Tovolo Icon Ice Cream Sandwich Molds. It's easy and fun! First bake a full sheet of cookies using the recipe that is included. Then cut out the cookies, using the heart, "squircle"or star design. Use the press to sandwich the ice cream between the two cookies.
National Ice Cream Month
Although there are ice cream celebrations throughout the year . . . did you know that in the United States, JULY is National Ice Cream Month?
Baked Alaska - Hot & Cold Working Together
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What Is Baked Alaska?
This truly unique ice cream dessert . . . is composed of a layer of cake (usually sponge or chiffon cake) and a layer of ice cream which is covered completely in meringue (whipped egg whites). The entire dessert is then placed into a hot oven** for brief time (until the meringue is firmed and slightly browned). Because the meringue acts as an insulator, it does a good job of preventing the heat from reaching the ice cream core.
It is said that the term "Baked Alaska" was first coined at Delmonico's Restaurant (New York City) in 1876 to honor the recently acquired American territory. However the history of this dessert (which is also called glace au four, omelette Ã la norvÃ©gienne, Norwegian omelette and omelette surprise) reaches back much further in time.** Note: In some recipes, a chef's propane torch is used to brown the meringue instead of putting the dessert into the oven.
Baked Alaska Recipes
- What Is Baked Alaska?
Baked Alaska is a dessert of ice cream on a sponge base and covered with ...
- Brownie Baked Alaska - Goodhousekeeping.com
You'll love our new take on this classic: Vanilla ice cream with cherries and chocolate is layered between fudgy brownies and topped with dark cocoa ...
- Amazon.com: Baked Alaska: Sweet Comforts of the North Country ...
"Baked Alaska" presents some of the favorite home-baked desserts enjoyed by people living in the North Country.
Fried Ice Cream Desserts
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What Is Fried Ice Cream?
Fried ice cream is a dessert . . . commonly made by taking a scoop of "well-frozen" ice cream, and then coating it in one of two ways (depending upon the cuisine), which is then briefly deep fried. The low temperature of the ice cream prevents it from melting during cooking.
- Asian cuisine: coating the frozen scoop of ice cream in tempura batter before deep frying. The most common ice cream flavors in Asian restaurants are red bean, green tea and/or vanilla.
- Tex-Mex cuisine: coating the frozen scoop of ice cream in beaten raw egg and then rolling it in cookie crumbs or crushed corn flakes; deep frying and garnished with cinnamon, sugar or honey. It is said that this version was first credited to Casa Gallardo Mexican Restaurants in St. Louis (circa 1975).
Ice Cream Drinks - Milkshakes, Sodas and Floats
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A milkshake (or thickshake) is a beverage which is made from ice cream (or iced milk) blended together with flavorings such as fruit, fruit syrups or even chocolate sauce.
An ice cream soda (or float) consists of one or more scoops of ice cream plopped in a tumbler of your favorite carbonated soft drink.
Milkshakes, Floats and More . . . - Great Recipes for Ice Cream Drinks
A nostalgic collection of 30 favourite recipes. Delicious, easy-to-make, basic ice cream recipes are put together with traditional flavourings to make milkshakes and frappes, sundaes and parfaits, waffles and sherbets.